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Rough sleeping in the Sahara Desert

This Easter Stuart Risebrow will be competing in the “Toughest Footrace on Earth” to raise money for our very own Bus Shelter.

At the age of 50 Stuart isabout to take on a massive challenge in the hope of raising awareness of, and money for, The Ipswich Bus Shelter. He is funding all costs of the trip soevery penny raised will go directly to help local rough sleepers in and around Ipswich.

The Marathon Des Sables takes place in April 2020. It is a 155 mile race across the Sahara Desert that takes place over 6 days. It is comprised of 4 marathon days, a double marathon long day and a 10km “fun run”. You are only provided with a water ration and shelter. This means you must run the entire race with six days worth of food, clothing, kit and bedding strapped to your back.

Temperatures can reach 50 centigrade at mid-day and close ot freezing at night. The Brutal terrain varies between open rock strewn desert, oven hot sand dunes and steep mountain climbs. The long stage alone can take over 24 hours to complete.

A competitor crosses Ras Khemmouna Jebel, on April 9, 2013, during the third stage of the 28th edition of the “Marathon des Sables”, some 300 Kilometers, South of Ouarzazate in Morocco. The Desert Marathon is considered as the hardest in the World. About 1024 participants have to walk all along 223,8 Kms during 7 days in the Moroccan Sahara in self food sufficient. AFP PHOTO/PIERRE VERDY (Photo credit should read PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)

The event takes a terrible toll on the body and the mind. If not managed well these factors can quickly become race or life threatening. If the event doctors have to put you on a drip you get a time penalty and are then sent on your way. Feet can quickly become ruined. Venum pumps are mandatory kit ….

Please visit my Just Giving page and donate as little as your like; £1 from a stranger as valued as £10 from a friend.

Knowing that I am raising lots of money for TBSI will really help me fight to the finish line. Thank you so much!